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1 July 1916 – Richard to Gertrude

c/o Cox & Co



June 31.


My dear Mother.

The mail is late this week & expected today, but I’ll have to post this before I get your letter

I wonder if Topher has had any leave yet. I am writing him & you might send him on my letter. Much the same going on here. Not many wounded nowadays, but lots of sick from Mesopotamia. 1 friend of mine turned up yesterday from up there, an Assam doctor, he had been up there the last year, and had had enough for a bit.

I am going up in charge of an ambulance train for a fortnight. The train goes up by Lahore, Delhi, Amballa etc, Ben’ll know the way I expect. It will be fairly hot but quite a nice change. Ted may be coming down this month, but he will have to wait a bit now. I must wire him.

We had a burglary in the bungalow last night. 2 big brass pots were stolen & all our hats! I sleep in the verandah downstairs & June did get up & bark in the night, but I thought it was one of the others coming back from dining out! They had’nt taken mine topee as it was in my room!

There is some play here tonight we are going to, I dunno if it will be good or not.

Best love to all

Yr loving son


There is no 31st June, presumably Dick was writing on the 1st July

Photo of an ambulance train in the Middle East


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1 July 1916 – Paul to Gertrude


c/o G.P.O.

Saturday evening.


Dear Mother. Thanks muchly for your letter & for the parcel of clothes – yes all mine.

A slight surprise that – I could’nt realize it when I got Sheina’s letter telling me about Jim & herself. But how too lovely is’nt it. I have not heard from Jim as yet. It seems to me to have been a surprise to you all has’nt it.

Yes- I will write to Rosamund in a minute or two.

I saw Digby for a few minutes yesterday. He seems very well & enjoyed his trip to France very much. He has his wife & family up here – so I must try & go & see them.

They tell me I have got shingles now – too sickening is’nt it – It does’nt affect me at all- I mean I still feel perfectly fit – but it sort of hurts & itches alternately – nothing to worry about.

Funny your meeting Dorothie Critchley – at the shop I suppose. She is an awfully nice girl I think – & a great friend of mine.

We had a cricket match on Thursday against some soldiers here- the Scottish Rifles- & were ever so pleased to beat them as it’s the first time a “Malaya” team has played.

Much love to you all-

Your ever loving son


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